Tammy Mutasa/Mesquite Journalist
Mesquite residents could soon start seeing construction for a new $250 million hospital development along I-635 and Gross Road.
Construction could begin early next year on an estimated 60-acre mixed-use medical campus in Mesquite.
The $250 million Peachtree Towne Center Project would be located along Interstate 635 and Gross Road in Mesquite.
The location is an investment for developer Jim Lang, who said he envisions the hospital as "the gateway to East Texas."
"The need is because of the tremendous population," he said. "And there have been expansions north and west of Dallas, and south as well, but not to the east."
Home health business employee Marilyn Noorizadeh, a Mesquite resident since 1982, said the hospital would be boost to businesses like hers.
"It’s a much-needed thing to help Mesquite grow," she said. "There’s a lot of patients over on this side that don’t have anywhere to go."
The first phase of the construction, a connector bridge from I-635, was completed in the spring.
The final project will feature the hospital, research facilities, a healing garden and restaurants.
For a growing city such as Mesquite, it could be a golden opportunity.
"We’re very excited for the economic opportunities and possibilities out at Peachtree -- everything from new medical services available to our citizens to the availability of potentially new jobs," said Wayne Larson, of the city of Mesquite.
Financing for that kind of development has been rare since the downturn of the economy, but Lang said his group has been looking privately and through the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
He said it hopes to move quickly and have the center completed in five years.